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Lewis backs Button for McLaren job

FORMULA 1: Lewis Hamilton has urged former team McLaren not to ditch Jenson Button.

Button's future is currently in limbo as McLaren have yet to make a decision on their driver line-up for 2015.

It is understood McLaren are waiting on Fernando Alonso to negotiate his settlement with Ferrari - the Spaniard is leaving the team at the end of the season with a year remaining on his contract.

Hamilton, who partnered Button at McLaren for three years from 2010-2012, believes the decision should be a no-brainer decision for Group CEO Ron Dennis.

"Jenson is better than most of the (current) drivers," assessed Hamilton.

"If I had a team, I would want him in it because he's a great asset for any team, so I hope it's not the case (he is leaving)."

Murray hopeful

TENNIS: Andy Murray hopes his backing for Scottish independence will not adversely affect the support he receives at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The 27-year-old will be playing in England for the first time since his last-ditch intervention in the debate on the eve of September's referendum.

He said: "The crowd has always given me very good support when I've played here and when I've played at Wimbledon and Queen's throughout my whole career.

"I hope this week that's the same but, if not, I'll do my job, I'll give my best effort regardless and hopefully win back some fans."

Brad's Dale deal

rugby league: Ireland international Brad Hargreaves has earned a professional contract on the back of his sensational debut for the Wolfhounds.

The Wigan St Patrick's winger was set to join his former teacher Ian Talbot as a trialist at League One club Rochdale but the club offered him a 12-month deal after he scored a hat-trick of tries in Ireland's 46-14 win over Wales in the European Championship in Wrexham last Sunday. "Brad has been on our radar for a while and we wanted to have a look at him over pre-season," said Talbot, the Hornets head coach. "He had four or five other clubs make him an offer recently so we moved quickly to ensure we didn't miss out on him."